TX Gas Prices Drop After Two Weeks of Gains

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HOUSTON - Texas motorists are getting a little relief from rising retail gasoline prices this week, according to the weekly AAA Texas gas price survey released Friday.

The new survey found the average price of regular, self-serve gasoline at Texas pumps fell 4 cents per gallon this week to $2.78. The national average fell 5 cents per gallon to $2.85.

Pump prices could fall further if crude oil prices remain below 70 dollars a barrel, auto club spokeswoman Rose Rougeau said. "Oil prices have been trading below $70 for the last several days, although closing prices have occasionally been above $70," she said.

The most expensive average pump prices were in the Galveston-Texas City area at $2.90 per gallon, down 3 cents from last week. The cheapest gas was in Corpus Christi, where they fell almost 13 cents to $2.53 per gallon.

These are the average prices of regular, self-serve gasoline in Texas metro areas and the change from last week, according to Friday's Triple-A Texas Weekend Gas Watch:

Austin-San Marcos -- $2.720, down 2.6 cents

Beaumont -- $2.689, down 4.4 cents

Corpus Christi -- $2.525, down 12.6 cents

Dallas -- $2.822, down 5.7 cents

Fort Worth -- $2.812, down 5.7 cents

Galveston-Texas City -- $2.904, down 2.6 cents

Houston -- $2.884, down 4.1 cents

San Antonio -- $2.668, down 3.7 cents